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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
conflict. still they are finding new and effective ways to strike. the three u.s. military police officers were on foot patrol in a market with afghan police when the suicide bomber struck. four afghan officers, and six civilians were also killed, and dozens hurt. joint u.s./afghan operations are becoming more common, and so are the risks. on saturday an american soldier and a u.s. civilian contractor were killed by an afghan soldier. the latest in a growing series of insider attacks. despite mounting worries, afghan commandos firing live rounds still train side by side with elite american special forces. >> right here in front of you. >> reporter: you can't stop working with these guys? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: at this level, joint combat operations are now the rule. americans no longer go it alone. >> i'm very impressed with your training here today. >> reporter: general tony thomas heads all special operations forces in afghanistan. his men rely on their afghan partners. a relationship the taliban hopes to undermine. >> we lost another soldier to a green-on-blue attack. what are
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Oct 11, 2012 4:00am PDT
of another kind. a hearing over the benghazi terror attacks that led to four deaths, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens, gets seriously heated. details next. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. breaking news this morning out of the middle east p.. a yemeni security official that worked at the u.s. embassy was shot and killed in sanaa today. a u.s. official believed to be in his 50s was reportedly on his way to work when he was gunned down in a motorcycle attack. an editor at "the yemen post" in sanaa tells nbc news the ambush had all the hallmarks of an al qaeda-style attack. >>> back here at home, vice president joe biden and republican rival paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky in their one and only debate. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pew center, just 39% of registered voters view biden favorably compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top, wh
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Oct 11, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. >>> the war next door, is the obama administration downplaying the danger along the u.s.-mexico border? tonight, an exclusive nbc investigation. >>> and young hero, news about the brave teen that the whole world is pulling for. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, there is every reason to believe the live television audience watching the vp debate tonight will be every bit as large as the last presidential debate, and because that debate was something of a game-changer, as it turned out, the stakes going into tonight are higher for two men from similar backgrounds, who are very different. for starters, this is the broadest age difference of any debate. our political team is in place tonight, our coverage includes our nbc polling numbers out just tonight on this race we want to begin with nbc's ron mott in danville, kentucky, tonight, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian, to you, vice president joe biden will be there at that table, paul ryan the other table. congressman ryan comes into this debate, riding the republican wave of momentum the forward progress is what vp biden hope
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Oct 12, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. >>> and dire warning about the u.s. power grid. it could shut down banking and even the flow of water. now there is a new warning about the chance of a massive attack in cyberspace. >>> and behind the scenes, a little known chapter of the american crisis, now shown on the screen and tonight, ben affleck, on why he was drawn to this story. >>> and from the heart, a mother's promise that got millions of moms talking about how to stay in the picture for their kids. >>> good evening, the vice president debate is now history, and while all eyes are on next tuesday's presidential debate and the town hall format, we have learned the eyes of over 50 million americans were on last night's event, a crisply moderated event, rowdy at times, tense at times, between the two men who represented the largest age gap of any debate. paul ryan and joe biden were not at the top of the ticket, but the reviews were instant in both style and substance, we begin with ron mott traveling with the campaign in ohio, good evening, ron. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, as you can see behind me, governor mitt rom
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Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of arizona, where last night we reported the possibility that they were looking at the possibility that the u.s. border agent killed there may have been the victim of friendly fire. tonight there is more, more at the border patrol station in bisbee station there. good evening. mark, good evening >> reporter: and good evening, sources tell nbc news they expected an announcement soon that federal investigators do believe the shooting was a case of friendly fire. agents from this border patrol station shooting each other accidentally. agent nicholas ivie was shot tuesday, while investigating a possible illegal crossing near arizona. two other agents were on scene, and one of them was wounded when shooting broke out. today, homeland security secretary janet napolitano was there to meet agent ivy's family and to be briefed on the investigation. sources say they couldn't find evidence of any other people involved at the shooting scene, and that the ballistics are consistent with friendly fire. >> mark potter in bisbee, arizona, thank you. >>> and again, we told you last night we have an out of contro
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Oct 12, 2012 4:00am PDT
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and paul ryan accusing the obama administration of not properly protecting u.s. personnel. >> what we should not be doing is rejecting claims for calls for more security in our barracks, in our marine. we need marines in benghazi when the commander on the ground says we need more forces for security. there were requests for extra security. those requests were not honored. >> reporter: vice president biden called the deaths a tragedy but he then claimed that the obama administration did not know that ambassador stevens and other personnel on the ground had been asking for more security help. >> we weren't told they wanted more security there. we did not know they wanted more security. and, by the way, at the time we were told exactly -- we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. that was the assessment. >> reporter: it was an assessment, but the state department did know in real time from videos that requests for more security and resources had been made and were turned down. a state department official acknowledged tes
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. investigators arrested 28-year-old at a san jose motel last week. they say at the robbed two u.s. banks at gun point. the first san jose on august 28th. second in sunnyvale on september 25th. they found evidence linking him to the crimes in his hotel room. >>> halloween came early today. police stopped a driver on fourth street when they noticed he was wearing a gas mask. they also found he had a realistic looking grenade. they cleared the surrounding half block area and called out the bomb squad. they found out the driver was employed at a local costume store. he was cited for being in possession of an inert grenade. you are asked to choose halloween costumes carefully this year. be careful where you go and when you put it on. >> we saw the ice cream shops and frozen yogurt places doing record numbers of business. >> a line out the door. i had iced coffee myself today. you know you just down right know it's going to be a hot day here when we're forecasting at the coastline temperatures in the 90s. santa cruz hitting the century mark today. i had to look twice at that number. the official high
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Oct 10, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >>> security at the u.s. embassy in libya comes into focus in the aftermath of the deadly attack that killed a bay area native. >>> there's a new fight brewing one day after jerry sandusky was sentenced. plus -- >>> i'm marianne favro. the high court is hearing the by egs university rape case in years. we'll hear local reaction from bay area students. >>> well, it is controversial and it is decisive. the u.s. supreme court heard arguments today in the most important civil rights case to come before justices in the past six years. it's a challenge to the use of race as a factor in admissions at university of texas. >> and bay area students are watching this very carefully, and the uc regents are actively weigh inning. marianne favro is live with reaction tonight. >> reporter: here on campus a hearing today is resurrecting the debate over which factors should go into determining which students are aadmitted. it involves abigail fisher, a white woman that applied to the university of texas in 2008. she claims her race prevented her from getting accepted, and she's suing university. >> i hope th
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Oct 16, 2012 5:00am PDT
kelley. >> and i'm laura garcia-cannon. a public memorial is being held today for a u.s. ambassador and bay area native killed in the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. christopher stevens was killed, also killed a computer expert and two ex-navy s.e.a.l.s. bob redell joins us live in san francisco where thousands of expected to turn out for today's memorial for stevens. he also has new details on the investigation into that attack. good morning, bob. >> reporter: good morning, laura. the family of ambassador christopher stevens has invited the family to attend the memorial service. it will take place around 4:30 this afternoon in san francisco city hall in the rotunda. several hundred people are expected to attend. stevens was from the bay area, having lived in piedmont, graduated from cal and the uc hastings law school before entering the foreign service, eventually becoming the u.s. ambassador to libya. his brother and sister are supposed to speak at today's service. also in attendance, libya's ambassador to the united states, senator diane feinstein, and thomas pickering, th
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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. >>> and late news about u.s. border patrol agent killed earlier this week along the arizona/mexico border. nbc's mark potter is in sierra vista, arizona tonight where agent nicholas ivy lived with his family. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. federal investigators tell nbc news that based on evidence they've found so far, they are looking into whether this shooting may have been a friendly fire incident. agents shooting at each other. agent nicholas ivy of the border control was shot and killed early tuesday morning while responding to desert sensors that track illegal movement across the border. two other agents were with him. one was wounded. they had reported being fired upon earlier. about five miles north of the border near naco, arizona. officials blamed the shootings on armed criminals and mexican authorities say they have made two arrests related to the case. while u.s. investigators say they have reached no conclusions and still have a lot of work to do, they cannot rule out the possibility this was a friendly fire. brian? >> mark potter with this late development
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
police are still searching for a pair of car thieves who allegedly tried to run down a u.s. park officer. it happened this weekend on lincoln boulevard in the presidio. investigators say u.s. park officer spotted one of the men breaking into a parked car. the man jumped into a car that was waiting nearby and his accomplice allegedly tried to run down the officer. he missed and the park officer opened fire. the men were last seen in a light tan buick sedan. >>> happening right now, a boycott of a local supermarket chain. a community group right now encouraging shoppers to stay away from pueblo. workers and community groups are very upset over mi pueblo's decision to join the federal e-verify system which a system that checks the immigration status of all new hires. federal immigration agents are auditing that supermarket chain after receiving complaints about suspected undocumented immigrants working at the stores. mi pueblo has stores from vallejo to salinas and also in the central valley. >>> today cleanup is under way after protesters smashed windows and threw paint at oakland city hal
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Oct 10, 2012 4:00am PDT
week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the u.s. supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. >>> and as romney continues to campaign in ohio, president obama is back in the white house this morning. nbc's tracie potts joins us now with all the latest from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're hearing a lot of he said, he said on the campaign trail. when it comes to mitt romney's tax plan, president obama insists it's going to grow the budget. romney says it's not true. >> if he says it's not true, then it's not true. okay. >> reporter: in battleground ohio, president obama insists mitt romney's tax cuts will add $5 trillion to the deficit. >> if it's true it's not going to add to the deficit, that leaves only one option, and that's asking middle class families to foot the bill. >> the president's charge of a $5 trillion tax cut is obviously inaccurate and wrong. >> reporter: romney also in ohio mocked the
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Oct 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT
and ferocious attack took the lives of our u.s. ambassador, and at the american consulate there, along with three other americans. our report tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: sparking the confrontation, the two security officers from the consulate who said the requests were either turned down or ignored. >> we were fighting a losing battle. we couldn't even keep what we had. we were not allowed to keep what we had. >> it was very clear we were not going to get resources until the aftermath of the incident. >> reporter: republicans accused them of lying regarding the protests over an anti-muslim video. >> there was no protest, and cameras reveal that. >> this was never about a video's it was never spontaneous, it was terror, i want to know why we were lied to. >> reporter: this after the comments from u.s. ambassador, susan rice, days after the attack. >> the current assessment, what happened in benghazi, was initially a spontaneous reaction to what happened in cairo. >> reporter: in fact, they acknowledged there never was a protest, a
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. today syria, according to the u.s. and nato, attacked turkey, which is, of course, a nato ally and a strong u.s. ally across the border, with mortar fire killing reportedly five civilians in a residential area near the border. turkey then retaliated. tonight there was an emergency meeting in brussels. the nato ministers condemning syria for this attack. and also the president, the white house issued a statement from the national security council. hillary clinton spoke to the turkish foreign minister and said the u.s. will support turkey in this. all are condemning syria and holding syria to account. this as also more trouble for the administration with benghazi. the hill is now asking for answers. they want a hearing next week. hillary clinton said today that no one wants to know more than she and the president what happened in benghazi, but we've confirmed that the fbi has not been able to get on the ground because of continuing security concerns, and at this point, more documents, secret and sensitive documents like this one, are still at large in that site being secured only
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
if this exchange had any impact on voters. it had impact online. on twitter this was the most tweeted event in u.s. plolitica history. tracie potts, nbc news, denver. >> this morning everyone is weighing in on who they think won that debate, that includes a group of political science students who watched the debate in downtown san jose last night. after it was over, even some of the president's biggest supporters in that room felt that romney had a slight edge. >> overall romney in my perspective did a little bit better. he wasn't as specific as obama, but he set out to attack obama more. >> a political science professor from san jose state says she thinks romney will get a bump in the polls from this debate. coming up at 6:00, we'll take a look at some of those polls and what they're saying about each of the candidates' performance. for continuing coverage from the debate just go to our website, nbcbayarea.com. we have posted the transcripts of that full debate as well as analysis from political experts. >>> next up, the presidevice presidential candidates will square off on october 11th. >>> a d
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Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, and last month's terrorist attack in libya, that left four americans, including the u.s. ambassador, dead. >> it is our responsibility, and the responsibility of the president to use his greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind. >> reporter: the obama campaign was quick with a rebuttal, they talked about specifics. >> now i'm a professor, and he would have gotten a "c". he gave absolutely no specifics. >> reporter: in california today, president obama appealed to hispanics, dedicating the first ever national monument to a contemporary mexican-american, the late labor leader, caesar chavez. with the stakes higher than ever, the president put a spin on his own debate performance, rallying the supporters at a concert in hollywood last night. >> my understanding, it was an incredible show. and everybody here is an incredible professional, such great friends, and they just performed flawlessly night after night, and i can't always say the same. >> reporter: in today's speech, mitt romney also appeared to try to take away from the president's signature success overseas, as to t
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am PDT
warning from north korea which says its missiles are capable of reaching the u.s. mainland, an apparent response to south korea's announcement of a deal with the u.s. to strengthen its own missile program. >>> well, he is known as the squirrel, and after his arrest he smiled and gave a thumbs up, but mexican authorities say salvador escobedo is a key lieutenant in the zetas drug cartel behind the killing of american david hartley who was jet skiing on a border lake two years ago. a zetas founder may have been killed sunday in what would be a major victory for president felipe calderon. >>> well, for the first time, less than half of all americans do not consider themselves protestant. now just 48%. what are the reasons? well, a pew research study finds many are opting out of religion altogether. nearly one in five say they are nothing in particular, agnostic or atheist. that's an 8% jump since 1990. >>> the mars curiosity rover has been digging up soil samples, but now that work is on hold because nasa wants to find out if a bright object spotted on the ground is part of the vehicle or
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Oct 9, 2012 5:30pm PDT
the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed our ambassador and three other americans. and in this political season, the attack is increasingly becoming a political issue. a congressional committee will hold big hearings tomorrow. a preview tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: as house republicans prepare to hold hearings on the benghazi attacks, mitt romney disclosed he met one of the victims, former navy s.e.a.l. glenn doher doherty. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two former navy s.e.a.l.s killed in benghazi on september 11th. >> reporter: doherty's family confirmed the two met at a neighborhood christmas party a few years ago. this as republicans accuse the state department for rejecting the request for more security for ambassador chris stevens, slain in the attacks, so washington could say libya was becoming more peaceful. investigators say two months before the attacks, the state department concluded the risk to u.s. personnel was high. republican congressman jason chaffetz is just ba
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Oct 22, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, the governing body in geneva upheld the ruling regarding armstrong, of the u.s. anti-doping agency who they say had a massive doping program. the report contained incriminating statements from 11 of armstrong's former teammates a mass exodus from names such as nike and oakley sunglasses. >> it has been a difficult couple of weeks for me, for my family and friends at a 15th anniversary party for his livestrong charity organization, armstrong alluded to the controversy. >> i've been better, but also been worse. >> reporter: armstrong never admitted to doping but did drop the fight against it, leaving many wondering what it all means to the sport they love. >> i think it is a dark cloud over the sport right now. >> reporter: the international body will now list no winner for the tour de france from '99-2005. while many fans try to separate armstrong from the accusations. >> i'm disappointed in him, but i still think he is a heck of an athlete. >> lance armstrong only has to ride to the finish line. >> reporter: once famous for being the world's greatest cyclist, now is called one of the worst chap
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Oct 25, 2012 4:00am PDT
along the u.s. east coast. it's expected to bring high winds and heavy rain, even snow to some areas. early this morning, sandy slammed into cuba as a strong category 2 hurricane, packing winds of 110 miles per hour. the storm is being blamed for two deaths so far, one in jamaica and one in haiti. bill karins will have more on where this storm is headed, coming up in weather in just a few minutes. >>> but first, here's a look at some of the other stories making news "early today in america." let's begin in philadelphia, where an airport gate crasher is now headed back to prison. back in march, the 25-year-old man crashed his suv through a gate and raced down the runway at philadelphia international airport at speeds topping 100 miles per hour. he's been sentenced to 16 months in prison and must pay $92,000 in restitution. >>> and now to missouri, where one thief armed with an unusual weapon robbed a kansas city restaurant. the suspect there is dressed in dark clothing, and he's caught on surveillance video wearing and entering a store wielding a samurai sword. he calmly walks up to c
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Oct 31, 2012 4:00am PDT
is getting back to the u.s. many americans have found they haven't been able to get a flight until this weekend. something that becomes very expensive when you consider that some u.s.-based airlines are not helping people out with hotel payments. we talked to a family from philadelphia today who was able to tentatively book a flight just now on friday back home. and they were able to book on ba. they've been provided with with breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel accommodations. that's helping them out. what we haven't been seeing is lines at the airport because all airlines for the most part have been very good at notifying passengers and telling them not to show up at the airport until further notice. >> michelle kosinski in london. thanks. >>> it is back to business for wall street today after sandy sidelined the heartbeat of america's financial world. plus george lucas makes a blockbuster deal that will bring three new star wars movies to the silver screen. >>> in weather, a powerful storm is coming into the pacific northwest. you the worst weather in the country on this hallowee
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Oct 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
in washington, d.c., could have major impact on the medical marijuana business here in the bay area. the u.s. court of appeals is hearing arguments today on how the federal government classifies the drug. christie smith joins us live in oakland with more. good morning, christie. >> reporter: good morning to you, laura. i just got off the phone with a representative from harborside medical center. they're all in line waiting to get into this hearing in shington, d.c., and the outcome could change the classification of medical marijuana on the federal level. right now it's grouped in with drugs like heroin. harborside here in oakland billed itself as the world's largest medical marijuana dispensary. it's part of the short-lived hbo series "weed wars." recently a federal lawsuit was filed to stop the department of justice from trying to get the center evicted. the group americans for safe access is challenging the dea's classification of medical marijuana. the dispute now being taken up by a three-judge panel. the decision is really critical because it oversees many federal agency's decisions a
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Oct 16, 2012 4:30am PDT
>>> remembering chris stevens. today the bay area pays tribute to the fallen u.s. ambassador as the state department admits responsibility for the security lapse that led to his death. >>> getting ready for round two. president obama and mitt romney preparing for their second debate tonight as the polls show the presidential race a statistical tie. >> go, giants! >> get out of bed, cheer on the giants. victory at at&t park. the giants win their first home game of the postseason but not without some drama on the diamond. >> that jacqu's a good way to g blood flowing. the bay bridge, a beautiful live look outside at the city by the bay on this october 16th. this is "today in the bay." >> hello tuesday morning. >> it is giants fever sweeping the area. good morning, everybody. >> lots to get to this morning including that giants coverage. first, let's check in with meteorologist christina loren. good morning. >> good morning to you, jon and laura. welcome back, jon. we've got a really good-looking day shaping up. temperatures are going to feel like summertime even in the city tod
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
on a grim milestone of the war in afghanistan on sunday with the death of the 2000th u.s. service member. relations between international forces and their afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge of insider attacks by afghan allies. >>> on this first monday in october the u.s. supreme court begins its new term today. the justices are expected to consider a number of controversial issues. nbc's francis coe has more. >> reporter: one case the court will hear involves the practice of considering race for college admissions. abigail fisher sued after she was rejected by the university of texas at austin. >> there were people in my class with lower grades who weren't in the activities i was in who were being accepted. the only other difference between us was the color of our skin. >> reporter: defenders of the practice say students are better prepared by a more diverse school experience. >> the best way to get to racial diversity is to consider race in an individualized way that looks at the whole applicant. >> reporter: the defense of marriage act signed by president
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
to data showing the u.s. manufacturing sector grew unexpectedly last month but that was tempered by comments from fed chairman ben bernanke speaking about the fed's new stimulus measures. >>> european markets are mixed this morning. the dow rising 78 points in yesterday's trade and the nasdaq slipping about two points to close at 3113. >>> and google has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a tiny search engine. it's now passed microsoft to become the world's second most valuable tech company behind apple. google stock closed at an all-time high of $761 a share on monday. it's now the dominant force in online advertising with two-thirds of the u.s. search market. google's android powers 64% of all smartphones. a u.s. judge has lifted a pan on galaxy tablet. apple won the suit. the judge said it didn't infringe on any apple devices. like the galaxy tab is an older model, it could boost samsung sales ahead of the holidays. something to watch out for. back to you. >> seema, thank you very much. >>> certainly keeping our eye on the forecast. christina, you weren't kidding, i
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
if it was justified or not. >>> 4:35, oakland is the first u.s. city to offer combination government i.d.s and bank cards to all citizens regardless of immigration status. all oakland residents who can prove their identity can get a card. what makes the i.d. unique, the debit card function allows them to avoid check cashing fees. city leaders say the program will take 60 to 90 days to roll out. the price will be a one-time fee of $10 for citizens. rich land is now considering a similar program. >>> there are new charges against a man accused of trying to abduct a girl from an elementary school. he was charged with 18 new counts yesterday. police say he hid in a daily city elementary school bathroom in march and tried to take pictures four different girls. a teacher who confronted the man identified him to police. he was later arrested last month for alley trying to kidnap a girl from an elementary school. he will be in court on october 10th. >>> no sign of a missing san jose man last seen two weeks ago leaving his friend's home on his harley davidson. praying last night for garcia's safe return hom
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Oct 14, 2012 5:30am PDT
, is the the u.s. the best house in a bad neighborhood right now? what should toward be doing right now in your view. >> one should not panic. i would take money out of the bond portfolios and allocate in to equities and perhaps cyclical names and move away from the players that are rich. the u.s. is the best house in a bad neighborhood. the u.s. has done well and grown even if the world economy is soft as it is now. exports are a low share of gdp. if we can get some spark and resolution of the election and the cliff we will do that. companies are in a position to spend and consumers need to buy things they haven't spent much on the last few years. the outlook is good. you should be allocated heavily toward equities. >> always good to see you. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, bill. my pleasure. >> now back to maria with the rest of the program. >> thank you so much, bill. >>> up next on the "wall street journal report," inside the obama white house during the biggest financial crisis in decades. celebrated reporter bob woodward will join me. >>> and actor matt damon on the job that is ch
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Oct 15, 2012 4:00am PDT
in the middle of the week. >> all right. thanks, bill. >>> the father of former u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens speaks out. what caused one of our subs to collide with one ouf our stroirs? from land to water in the push of a button. you might be able to afford james bond's latest gadget. you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back to "early today." the pakistani girl shot last week for promotion education to girl is being flown to grit britain this morning. doctors believe malala yousef is a will need long-term care. >>> arlen specter died sunday from complications of nonhodgkin's lymphomaality the age of 82. the two were close and often traveled on amtrak together when they were senators. >>> the pentagon is investigating what caused the collision of a nuclear sub and naval cruiser during a training exercise off the east coast this weekend. no one was injured and both ships were able to return to port. the damage is being evaluated. >>> the father of christopher stevens, the u.s. ambassador killed during last month's consulate attack in libya said it would be abhorrent for his son'
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Oct 16, 2012 11:00am PDT
come in on how the country could view medical marijuana. the u.s. court of appeals in washington, d.c. will hear about how the government will classify the drug. christie smith has all of the updates and details. good morning, christie. >> reporter: good morning, jon. i spoke with medical marijuana advocates in washington, d.c. from the bay area. they are telling me they think this hearing went well and lasted 40 minutes. they say it could be a first step in recategorizing how me l immedia medical marijuana is seen and it has medical use. they say it is defined as a category one like heroin. a three-panel judge could lower thing. the harbor side panel said the executive director says they are serving patients and starting delivery in case they are forced out. recently the city of oakland took the bold step by filing a federal lawsuit to stop the department of justice from getting harbor side evicted. the executive director is in washington for the hearing. he says the judges' decision could lead to sweeping political and legal changes. >> when you have a federal court deciding offi
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Oct 18, 2012 4:00am PDT
in jamaica queens and the fbi raided his apartment, taking away evidence. he came to the u.s. in january from bangladesh. >> and wnbc's jonathan dienst reports the suspect was here on a student visa. and we have also learned that a man believed to be a co-conspirator was arrested in san diego wednesday on unrelated charges. >>> all right, to politics now, where the candidates and their running mates wasted no time firing back at some of the fiery rhetoric from tuesday night's debate. one of the hottest topics? women. >> when governor romney's asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders. oh, the idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was. he just should have come to my house. he didn't need a binder. >> i've got to tell you, we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs p. >> 26 million women are trapped in poverty, that's the highest rate in 7 1/2 years. >> the president and governor romney also traded jabs on one
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Oct 20, 2012 5:30pm PDT
destined for the main u.s. base in afghanistan bagram airfield. a spoke person for the compound said no one was injured and that the fire was contained by morning. >>> in baghdad, twin blasts at a busy market killed at least eight people today and nearly 40 others were wounded in that explosion. police say most of the victims were women and children. street cleaners were seen sweeping up debris left behind. it is not yet clear who was behind the attacks but they came ahead of a holy islamic holiday, a time when officials believe al qaeda affiliates may launch an attack. u.s. troops with drew from the area last december. >>> in lebanon, a car bomb exploded in beirut killing a top security official and others yesterday and today a national day of mourning was filled not just with sadness but with anger. nbc stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: the lebanese government declared a national day in this country. the military is on the streets in beirut today. they start off a number of roads including the main road to the airport. the city is rattled after yesterday's attack. it happened just aft
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Oct 23, 2012 4:00am PDT
apologize when he went overseas to cairo in 2009 explaining that he thought the u.s. had made some mistakes in dealing with the world. many consider it a matter of diplomacy, a matter of nuance, but these are open to interpretation, and romney points to several examples including when president obama said in strassburg in 2009 that, quote, america has shown some arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. romney claims that shows weakness which is harmful to the u.s. place in the world. >> governor romney has charged repeatedly that the president hasn't been as close a friend or ally as he could or should be. let's take a look at this. >> and i think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and israel, that they noticed that as well. all of these things suggested, i think, to the iranian mullahs that, hey, we can keep pushing along here, we can keep talks going on but we're just going to keep on spinning centrifuges. >> reporter: well, brian, there's never been any proof that the president ever said that. the only source for this is an article in "the
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Oct 23, 2012 5:30pm PDT
avenues had been tried to their full extent. >> reporter: on syria, romney used to talk about the u.s. arming the rebels. then two weeks ago, he said the u.s. should help allied partners arm the rebels. last night his emphasis was on avoiding a u.s. military role. >> i don't want to have our military involved in syria. i don't think there's a necessity to put our military in syria at this stage. >> reporter: finally on benghazi, after spending more than a month, including at last week's debate. relentlessly attacking the president for security and intelligence failures. last night romney was brief and unexpectedly mild. >> we see in libya, an attack apparently by -- i think we know now by terrorists of some kind against our people there, four people dead. our hearts and minds go to them. >> reporter: on iraq and also on the timetable for withdrawing from afghanistan, romney also noticeably softened his position. clearly having decided that undecided voters, those swing voters are more likely to choose a moderate republican than a hawk. >> andrea mitchell part of our post debate covera
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Oct 24, 2012 4:00am PDT
. driving 85 miles per hour in the u.s. starting today. it's perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, good morning. i'm lynn berry. the romney campaign could be waking up to a brand new political headache as yet another republican candidate makes explosive comments about rape two months after the controversy over todd akin's legitimate rape remark. this time it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdock and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdock said this. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> and after the debate murdock told a news conference he was only trying to explain his view that god creates life. >> does that -- are you trying to suggest that somehow i think god ord
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Oct 15, 2012 11:00pm PDT
on these crimes. live in palo alto tonight, nbc bay area news. >>> a well known former u.s. senator known for handling complex negotiations will help try to hammer out a settlement in the san bruno explosion. former senate majority leader george mitchell has agreed to mediate talks between pg&e and the california public utility commissions. the issue is how much should pg&e pay in finance for the september 2010 blast that killed 8 people? senator mitchell brokered a peace treaty in northern ireland. he also led the investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in major league baseball. >>> well, coming up, you're on the do not call list but your phone is still ringing. tonight we investigate what's behind the comeback of the annoying phone calls and the one thing you may be doing wrong that's leading to them. >>> also, president obama and mitt romney will debate domestic and foreign policy tomorrow. and it's that format that could favor one of them. >>> and on the eve of that debate secretary of state hillary clinton makes an admission about the benghazi attack that killed bay
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Oct 28, 2012 5:30am PDT
of the u.s. economy. economists were expecting a growth rate of 1.8%. the number buoyed by an increase in consumer spending and stronger housing market. the air went out of stocks midweek. the dow fell 250 points on wednesday after poor earnings news and the market was flat later in the week. big multinationals did not farewell in earnings. caterpillar missed revenues and dupont fell short and said it would cut 1500 jobs. 3m met kpapt tigss and boeing and proctor & gamble beat expectations. among technology and internet companies, facebook and dwra hao beat expectations but facebook and disappointed. the ipad mini is lighter than the full size ipad and 7.9 inches and $329. two product launches for microsoft introducing windows 8 than tablet, the surface which retails for $499. it's been anything bau strong earnings season so far. have companies squeezed all of the profits they can from the revenues get? and what affect will the elections have on the market? joining me is bob doll from black rock. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, maria. >> let's talk about earnings. we have seen
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
francisco police are still searching for a pair of car thieves who allegely tried to run down a u.s. park officer. this happened this weekend on lincoln boulevard in the presidio. investigators say a u.s. park officer spotted one of the men breaking into a parked car. the man jumped into a car that was waiting nearby and his accomplice allegedly tried to run down the officer. he missed and the park officer opened fire. the men were last seen in a light tan buick sedan. >>> a north bay narcotics investigator is now suspected of actually doing drugs himself. 35-year-old j.j. onjade worked for the major crimes task kroers while working for the novato police department. the allegations could impact a murder case that he investigated. in fact the allegations have delayed sentencing for the four men convicted of killing a liquor store owner back in 2008. lawyers for these men could use these new allegations against onjade to request a new trial. >>> happening now, a major commute route in the east bay is still tied up after a deadly crash. lafayette police are still investigating what happened
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Oct 9, 2012 3:00am PDT
.3%. that something is that the u.s. has become important again. there are plenty of days where we can come in here and note that our s&p futures are down big because spain has a problem or china's economic growth is slowed. we can keep pondering what happens if the haves and the have not nations of europe. we can sweat the program of every single disapointing piece of chinese data. or we can recognize that the united states is starting to become the more dominant market on the earth. today is the perfect example. we woke up to news that once again, some data point from china showed a further decline and that clearly faltered the economy. then that negativity was tossed to europe. will spain take the bailout or not? it's the european spinoff of deal or no deal. by the time we get to our market, i saw this morning at 4:00 a.m., we were looking down substantially. eight of us on world bank survey. i have to admit that when i heard the litany, my first reaction was, oh, here we go again. get ready to baton down the hatches because of the chinese slow down and the european stalemate. i tweeted just tha
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Oct 12, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. the u.s. postal inspector's office is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the mail stealers. the office sent armed officers into rose avenue and nancy lane after a report last week on the thefts. >> any time somebody attacks a mail box like that, it is a federal crime. the crime has been committed. it's serious. >> you heard it. federal crime. the thieves face five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. the victims have had to go to the post office to get their mail now. repairing the vandalized mail boxes is the responsibility of the landlord. >>> still ahead at 6:00 the call of the soil. we'll show you the wine makers. >>> tragedy on the tracks. we often hear of deadly accidents on all rails. ahead in an nbc bay area investigation we find out just how often it's happening and what is being done to prevent more crashes here in the bay area. >>> then a little later, a free solution to some potentially expensive problems. the first of its kind cafe opening up right here in the bay area. >>> good evening. cool and cloudy day for us and another system
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
. a u.s. olympic speed skater admits to tampering with a rival's skate before a big competition and he says he did it against his will. he'll explain why in an exclusive interview. >>> and are they back together? new signs of chris brown and rihanna dating again, despite their violent history, and it has some people wondering what she's thinking. today's saturday, october 6th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. >> it's good to have you back from afghanistan. safe and sound. >> good to be back. >> and you're back into the thick of politics here in this country as well. >> it feels like this presidential race has been going on for so long now, but one month from today, voters nationwide will head to the polls and that's it. >> they say it's been -- after a rough debate, a little good news for president obama. unemployment fell to its lowest level since he took office. >>> we're going to look at what's driving the higher prices. >> a story o
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
a u.s. park officer. this happened saturday night at about s6:30 on lincoln boulevar in the presidio. officers spotted one man breaking into a car. he then jumped into a car waiting nearby and his accomplice allegedly tried to run down that officer. fortunately he missed. the park officer did open fire. those men got away. they were last seen driving a light tan buick sedan. >>> also in san francisco, a group of protesters arrested on saturday afternoon. they may be connected to last month's vandalism of a police station in the mission district. this cell phone video shows police in riot gear lined up to stop protesters near california and battery streets. protesters marched through the area saturday vandalizing cars and businesses. at least 20 people were arrested. last month a mission district police station was vandalized by demonstrators upset over a shooting that involved a police officer. police believe some of the protesters arrested this weekend are connected to that incident. >>> well, it's a pretty good bet drivers will feel that pinch today, waking up to even higher gas pr
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Oct 19, 2012 5:00am PDT
of u.s. forces in japan has imposed a curfew on all u.s. military personnel following the suspected rape of a japanese woman in okinawa. two u.s. servicemen arrested wednesday following the alleged incident and they are right now being held until their trial. that curfew orders all troops and u.s. civilians working on japan to be on base or at their private home from 11:00 at night to 5:00 in the morning. the military also ordering disciplinary restraining to all u.s. personnel in japan -- that's retraining, i should say, in japan. >>> 5:44. officials with the u.s. state department meeting with diplomats from bangladesh to try to learn more about a man who attempted to blow up the federal reserve bank in new york. that meeting is schedule for tomorrow in washington. the 21-year-old from bangladesh was arrested on wednesday in an fbi sting operation. police say the man made several attempts to blow up a fake 1,000-pound bomb inside a car parked next to the federal reserve. the suspect's family says they're stunned and that he could have not committed those alleged crimes. >>> meantim
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Oct 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
morning to you, lester. good morning, everyone. we begin with more on the death of u.s. senator george mcgovern. he passed away a few hours ago reportedly from natural causes at a hospice in sioux falls, south dakota, surrounded by his family and lifelong friends. he was 90 years old. in the 1960s mcgovern was known for his outspoken opposition to the growing u.s. involvement in the vietnam war. in 1972, the proud liberal lost the presidential election to richard nixon in the second biggest landslide in american political history. again, u.s. senator george mcgovern has died at age 90. >>> the white house says it's willing to talk to iran about its nuclear ambitions but that there's no deals right now. nbc's mike viqueira has more from the white house. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. and as of this morning, courtney, both sides, the united states and the iranian government, are denying a report in "the new york times" that they have agreed to sit down one-on-one after the u.s. elections and discuss iran's nuclear program. of course, that program has been a source of
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
shades and sun block. chill out. enjoy. 11:08. >>> three u.s. soldiers are among those killed in afghanistan near the pakistan border. the bomber drove his motorcycle packed with explosives into their patrol as they were walking through a market. several civilians were injured. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the blast. >>> laying down the law. today, the supreme court kicking off its new term of the slate of crucial and controversial decisions in the works. on the docket, affirmative action and considering race for college admissions, voting rights and deciding to require federal oversight with a state of voting discrimination. the nine supreme court justices will consider a variety of challenges to the defense of marriage act. the law states that the federal government will only recognize traditional marriages. that means no federal benefits, even where same-sex marriage is legal. >> same-sex couples are denied hundreds of different rights and benefits that are provided to married different-sex couples under federal law. >> the last term supreme court decisions pa
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
, the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from creating jobs to bringing troops home from afghanistan. with nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" as moderator, they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he's re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we just -- >> excuse me. excuse me. we're not -- >> go ahead, senator. >> excuse me. i'm not a student in your classroom. please let me respond, okay? thank you. >> well, recent polls before the debate showed elizabeth warren with a small lead over scott brown. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. joyriding may land one philadelphia child in jail. police are preparing to charge the 10-year-old with auto theft. surveillance
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
if this exchange has any impact on voters. it had impact online. on twitter, the most tweeted event in u.s. political history. lynn? >> all right, tracie, thanks. well, post debate instant polls reveal that most voters believe mitt romney did better than president obama. a cnn orc poll finds that 67% of registered voters who watched the debate chose mr. romney as the winner while 25% picked mr. obama. a cbs news snap poll of uncommitted voters found that 46% identified mitt romney as the winner, while 22% said barack obama won. 32% declared the debate a tie. while the candidates tangled over taxes, bringing up countless statistics and figures of cuts or increases, nbc news' andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent for all income levels and then cutting all rates an additional 20%. he would repeal the alternative minimum tax
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's knee jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character. >> the obama campaign sed this will be romney's seventh speech on foreign policy. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez gets to keep his job for another six years, but his re-election came by the slimmest margin ever in his nearly 14 years of power, winning just 54% of the vote. actor danny glover, a longtime supporter of chavez, was on hand for a day of heavy voter turnout. chavez's opponent, a former state governor, accused him of unfairly using the country's oil wealth to his advantage. chavez told backers the revolution triumphed and reporters were voting for socialism. >>> well, talk about wedding crashers. in philadelphia, police had to break up a brawl involving almost 100 guests from two separate wedding parties. one man died of a heart attack and several people were injured, and it was all captured on cell phone video. nbc's francisco reports. >> rep
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Oct 10, 2012 4:30am PDT
to overheat and cause a fire. affects nearly 2.5 million vehicles in the u.s. covering about a dozen models produced between 2005 and 2010 including the toyota camry, toyota, rave 4 and matrix. no crashes or injuries have been reported but toyota received word of 200 incidents in the u.s. back to you. >> okay, courtney, thank you very much. >>> hey, came into the parking lot today, smelled the rain everywhere. kind of nice. >> that is nice. i love the sound of rain. we have been lacking that for the past five months. it's going to be a really nice day today. we're not talking about heavy downpours. you might get stuck under a thunderstorm cell as we have been seeing activity, especially along the south end of the peninsula. half-moon bay, you're about 15 minutes away from some heavy downpours. we are seeing frequent lightning strikes. a lot of the activity has been in the south bay. the storm system is just off shore. it just isn't getting the push that it needs to come all the way inland. i think we'll see more of this isolated activity. here is the really good big picture. you can see, ar
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Oct 17, 2012 4:00am PDT
for big bucks. plus, u.s. soccer heads to the final round of the world cup qualifying. your sports headlines are straight ahead. >>> lynn, you know i'm not comfortable talking about my incredible wealth on tv. your forecast is coming up. a little active in the middle of the nation. you're watching "early today." >>> in sports, first we head to detroit for the a.l. championship series. the tigers delmon young hit a solo homer. miguel cabrera had an rbi double. and detroit ace justin verlander pitched shutout ball through the eighth inning. the 2-1 win makes game 4 sudden death for the winless yankees. >>> check this out now. a racing catamaran capsized in san francisco bay while practicing for the cup race. the boat just tumbled end over end. >>> to football now where eagles head coach andy reid fired defensive coordinator juan castillo marking the first time reid has dismissed a coach mid season in his 14 years. >>> let's head over to some kerr. clint dempsey had two goals and an assist for a 3-1 u.s. team victory over guatemala to reach next year's final round of world cup qualify
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Oct 18, 2012 5:30pm PDT
was a good boy. >> reporter: quazi nafis came to the u.s. in january on a student visa to attend southeast missouri state but he left there in may, transferring to in may, transferring to a vocational school in new york. investigators say he tried to find like-minded people on facebook who would join him in violent jihad. and that is how the fbi says he met an informant, a person who came here to study cyber-security. it is more than a dozen cases since 911 where the person tries to set off what he thinks is a bomb. >> reporter: one person arrested that way is mohammed, mohammed, trying to blow up a christmas tree lighting in portland. his lawyers say the fbi goaded him into it. but one intelligence official says once a suspect expresses a desire to kill, undercover agents must act like partners. >> do i continue to pursue him and allow him to go down the path or do i take a risk here and assume he is a want to be? you can't take that risk. >> reporter: they continue to monitor those, but some say they will be too dangerous and expensive. pete williams, nbc news, washington >>> overseas no
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